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Editorial: We need to measure social progress, not just economic growth

The Social Progress Index is on the right track to understanding and learning from past experiences.

In our opinion: In wake of layoffs, IRS workers union shouldn't threaten what it can't do because of cutbacks

The IRS workers union is bemoaning the layoffs of thousands and predicting a severe decline in the ability to assist taxpayers. But it should speak to what it plans to do in spite of the cutbacks,... Read more »

April 23, 2015

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In our opinion: U.S. prison populations have dropped, but we still have lessons to learn from other countries

The United States' prison population dropped last year for the first time in decades. But our rates are inordinately high, particularly compared to European countries, where there are much lower... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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In our opinion: Time to separate food stamps from farm bills — it's a move that has many benefits

Food stamps part of a farm bill? It’s time for market forces to return to all facets of agriculture, and for lawmakers to find more efficient and effective ways to help the poor while also... Read more »

April 21, 2015

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In our opinion: Federal Reserve Bank faces crossroads in when and how much to increase interest rates

Having kept interest rates at near zero percent for six-plus years, the Federal Reserve Bank must decide when and how much to raise rates and return monetary policy to a more normal bearing. Low... Read more »

April 20, 2015

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In our opinion: Liberal arts vs STEM education: Technology may improve, but creativity is always necessary

STEM programs are critically important as technology provides ever more efficient ways to deliver what customers demand. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, the world will always need... Read more »

April 19, 2015

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In our opinion: Fabricated Rolling Stone article on campus rape hurts more than helps keeping women safe on campus

Rolling Stone magazine admitted a high-profile campus rape article published last fall was fraudulent. Rather than help the agenda of keeping women safe on campus, the fake article can lead real... Read more »

April 18, 2015

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In our opinion: Disrupted by email and the Internet, the U.S. Postal Service needs to make tough decisions to cut its losses

Now $15 billion in debt, the U.S. Postal Service has a problem: a rapidly changing market for first-class mail, which has been disrupted by modern technology. Lawmakers should let the Postal... Read more »

April 17, 2015

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In our opinion: Norman H. Bangerter: A governor not worried about his legacy has left a secure one

The late Gov. Norm Bangerter may not have been concerned about his place in history, but as it turns out, he didn’t need to be. He leaves behind a legacy that is secure, and he will be sorely... Read more »

April 16, 2015

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In our opinion: 'Great Utah ShakeOut' drills help educate, prepare us for likelihood of earthquakes

The goal of the Great Utah ShakeOut drill is to increase awareness and to make sure Utahns are prepared for an earthquake when it arrives. Given Utah's fault-laden geographical makeup, future... Read more »

April 16, 2015

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In our opinion: Diligence, care, beliefs, unity — on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, we should live up to his legacy

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, it falls to modern Americans to take up his legacy, to adopt his same courage to advance the work of a free land and to do what’s... Read more »

April 15, 2015

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In our opinion: With no injunction for SB54, state GOP leaders need to follow the spirit of compromise and let the bill do its work

A U.S. district judge declined to place an injunction on SB54, the law that changes Utah’s political caucus system by opening up an alternative route to primary ballots. Now, state Republican... Read more »

April 14, 2015

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In our opinion: STEM grants for two Utah universities should improve program results

In our technology-driven global economy, STEM education is needed now more than ever. That’s why the Utah Legislature’s decision to create one-time STEM education grants to Dixie State... Read more »

April 13, 2015

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In our opinion: Preserving America's spirit of philanthropy

Many successful, wealthy Americans have, dating back to the 19th century, made a practice of turning toward charity after accumulating riches. Not only has this relieved the burden on public funds,... Read more »

April 12, 2015

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In our opinion: With austerity as reality, IRS needs more accountability

The complicated tax code is something for which Congress must take responsibility. But the IRS itself is responsible for plenty of other reasons Americans might have for distrusting an agency that... Read more »

April 11, 2015

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In our opinion: To save water, dry states should regulate marijuana farming

Californians could save a great deal of water by not growing so much marijuana. The same could be said in each Western state now suffering from a dwindling supply of water. Read more »

April 10, 2015

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In our opinion: Payday lenders should be required to practice responsible lending

The paradox of the $46 billion payday loan industry is that it makes more than three-quarters of its profits by harnessing borrowers into long cycles of continuing debt. Payday lenders should be... Read more »

April 9, 2015

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In our opinion: UTA is making strides to improve its reputation

UTA has done a good job recently of restoring its reputation. The UTA should be commended for its efforts so far. It must continue being attuned to public concerns, at the expense of politics and... Read more »

April 8, 2015

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In our opinion: Salt Lake County's budget proposal would break cycle of deferred maintenance

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has done something in his proposed budget that deserves praise as a meaningful nod toward fiscal responsibility — a massive reduction in the deficit of... Read more »

April 7, 2015

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In our opinion: A 'commendable' Easter message of hope

By following Christ’s teachings and example, we have an enhanced perspective. Respect and love lead to civility and charity. The downward cast of despair can be turned heavenward with hope.... Read more »

April 6, 2015

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In our opinion: Best option in solving Utah's drought? Remove subsidies, adjust price of water consumption

Unfortunately, Utah has done little to prepare any kind of solution to the problem of water scarcity. The best possible solution is not to criminalize water usage, but to let the free market adjust... Read more »

April 6, 2015

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In our opinion: Legislation should not polarize religious liberties, anti-discrimination protections

In this week when Christians and Jews observe some of their holiest days, the very concept of religious liberty has found itself under massive cultural attack. Evidence of this comes most recently... Read more »

April 4, 2015

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In our opinion: Zions' 'stress tests' an example of burdensome banking regulations that may be federal overreach

Utah-based Zions Bankcorp., the nation's smallest lending institution in the country subject to complicated and burdensome banking regulations resulting from the 2008 financial crisis, has... Read more »

April 3, 2015

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In our opinion: Welcome, Mr. President — please see Utah as a pretty, great state, not just a flyover state

Mr. President, you’re making your first presidential visit, and it's been eight years since an August 2007 campaign stopover. Much has changed since then. We’ll bring you up to speed so... Read more »

April 2, 2015

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In our opinion: House's passing of Medicare reform is evidence of bipartisan approach to responsible government

A strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to change the way Medicare payments are disbursed gives hope that both political parties have figured out such reform must come as a... Read more »

April 1, 2015

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Braden Cousin: Sexualization is too prominent in product placement

Advertisers need to understand that they need not resort to sex and objectification in order to sell products. We can help them come to that conclusion by raising our voices in favor of morally... Read more »

April 1, 2015

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